Here’s how to cheer others up in the PF . community

Have you ever come across a painted rock? Are you familiar with the concept? People draw stones and leave them in public for others to find. What they paint on the front of the rock is entirely up to them. The underside usually provides information about the person or group that put them there. The purpose can be to raise awareness, share a message of hope, or just make someone smile.

One morning, my wife, Susan, went to a local grocery store in Wegmans while running errands. As she was walking from her car toward the store, she noticed this: a rock drawn on the floor next to the shopping cart corral. It was painted blue associated with pulmonary fibrosis. The boulder had a simple message painted white on a blue background: “Just breathe.”

Care of god?

In the world of colorful rock, when you find one, it is customary to share it with the artist on where you found it. It was no different for Susan. When she got home, she was excited. How did she, of all people, come across this rock? A very meaningful phrase for us has been left for Susan to discover.

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On the underside of the rock was the words “Spotsy Rocks on FB.” Spotsy Rocks! It is a public Facebook group whose members either paint and/or spot rocks.

Susan posted a photo of “Just Breathe” rock to her Facebook group, and within hours, we met artist Jessica Foster who painted it.

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“Just breathe”: find joy in a little blue rock. (Photo by Sam Kirton)

Susan had commented on her whereabouts and explained that her husband had a lung transplant last year, making the discovery “particularly useful”. Foster’s response was equally cheerful: “Wow!!! This is one of my rocks. I’m so glad the right person found it, and that makes it even more special!!!”

Searching for joy

Foster is happy to create Positive Rocks.

As COVID-19 continues to unfold, many rare disease communities continue to be negatively affected. In response, we’ve found ways to communicate with each other via platforms for virtual gatherings, such as Zoom. When yoga studios can no longer hold classes in person, they can do so via Zoom. Virtual pulmonary rehabilitation videos are starting to appear. People started to share the things that bring them happiness with others in a virtual environment.

What is your joy?

I recently told you that one of my passions is cooking. I like to make others happy one bite at a time. I also have other things that bring me happiness. None of us are limited by one thing that brings us happiness. We all deserve a whole bunch of joy.

Writing this column every week brings me joy. It’s very therapeutic for me to share my journey and some of the things I’ve learned along the way. This is especially true when I read your comments and learn of a connection you made with something you wrote. This is a form of advocacy for the pulmonary fibrosis community.

You must find your own joy. Rare diseases and joy are not mutually exclusive. The pulmonary fibrosis community, along with other rare disease communities, constantly amazes me with things that bring happiness.

one little rock

Jessica Foster, you rock! A small painted rock was left in a parking lot for Susan to discover, bringing joy to the artist, Susan, and Lee. Thank you for sharing your joy and helping me make every breath count.

What are the little things that make you smile? Is it something you can teach others or share with others? Let me know in the comments below.

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